Children and young people

We believe that all services for children and young people, and their families, can and should play a role in promoting positive mental health and emotional well-being in children and young people. We also believe that all organisations concerned with children and young people should work together to make sure services are of the highest quality, easy to access and provide every child and young person with opportunities to achieve as much as they are able to.

Brighton and Hove is a unique and exciting place to grow up, but it also presents a number of challenges to young people. We work with Brighton and Hove City Council and other local partners to improve the health and lives of children, young people and their families.

Brighton and Hove CCG commissions a range of services for children including community paediatrics, nursing, speech and language therapy, occupational therapy, physiotherapy and child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS). Our work with our local authority partners includes a range of initiatives to reduce obesity, stop smoking, prevent substance misuse and reduce teenage pregnancy and sexual health concerns.

What matters to children and young people?

Our children and young people, their families and our stakeholders have told us what matters to them:

  • Being seen quickly, with continuity of care
  • Early identification and provision when help is needed
  • More capacity and choice for early support
  • Easy access and simple pathways
  • Recognising the complexity of individual lives
  • A quality experience as well as quality care
  • Greater coordination between all agencies and with adult services

What support is available for children and young people?

Sussex Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS)

CAMHS provide specialist services for children and young people across Sussex, in locations such as GP surgeries, clinics, hospitals and schools, to support young people who are experiencing a mental health condition or difficulties with their emotional wellbeing.

Find out more about Sussex CAMHS on their website.

Special Educational Needs and Disability – the Local Offer

The Local Offer is the services and support available for children and young adults with special educational needs and disabilities up to the age of 25, and their families.

Find out more about the Local Offer in your area.

NHS Go

NHS Go is a confidential health advice and information service for 16-25 year olds. Available for free on iOS and Android, NHS Go provides you with:

  • Free, confidential advice
  • Instant access to find local services
  • Quizzes and guides around key health issues
  • Notification on topics and events relevant to you
  • Information about your rights under the NHS

Brighton and Hove Wellbeing Service

We all experience low points at times in our lives and it’s not unusual to feel sad, anxious or stressed.

The Brighton and Hove Wellbeing Service offers a range of face-to-face and online options to help you with your wellbeing and any difficult feelings you are having, including counselling, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), play therapy, drama therapy, canine-assisted therapy (with a friendly dog!), group work and support in the community. This service is for anyone aged 4 years old and upwards with a postcode beginning BN1, BN2, BN3 or BN41.

Find out more about the Brighton and Hove Wellbeing Service.